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6:25 PM ET, May 16, 2018

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New York Times:
A Secret Mission, a Code Name and Anxiety: Inside the Early Days of the F.B.I.'s Trump Investigation  —  WASHINGTON — Within hours of opening an investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia in the summer of 2016, the F.B.I. dispatched a pair of agents to London on a mission …
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Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
Mueller issues grand jury subpoenas to Trump adviser's social media consultant  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller has issued two subpoenas to a social media expert who worked for longtime Donald Trump adviser Roger Stone during the 2016 presidential election campaign.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
GOP lawmakers to Trump: Make DOJ release Mueller documents
Discussion: Shareblue Media and Raw Story
The Daily Beast:
‘Kremlin Used’ NRA to Help Trump in 2016, Says Senate Judiciary Committee  —  The Senate Judiciary Committee said Wednesday that the Russian government apparently used the National Rifle Association to help Donald Trump's presidential campaign in 2016.  “The Committee has obtained a number …
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Washington Post:
Thousands of pages of Congressional testimony shed light on 2016 Trump Tower meeting  —  A music promoter who promised Donald Trump Jr. over email that a Russian lawyer would provide dirt about Hillary Clinton in June 2016 made the offer because he had been assured the Moscow attorney was …
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Russia favored Trump in 2016, Senate panel says, breaking with House GOP … The Senate Intelligence Committee has determined that the intelligence community was correct in assessing that Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. election with the aim of helping then-candidate Donald Trump …
Discussion: Mother Jones, Vox, MSNBC and The Week
Jon Swaine / The Guardian:
Trump attorney fed statement to publicist for Russians about Trump Tower meeting
Discussion: Washington Press
United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary:
Materials from Inquiry into Circumstances Surrounding Trump Tower Meeting
New York Times:
Tantalizing Testimony From a Top Trump Aide Sets Off a Search for Proof
Discussion: The Atlantic and Politico
Glenn Simpson / United States Senate Committee …:
Materials from Inquiry into Circumstances Surrounding Trump Tower Meeting
New York Times:
Trump Discloses Payment to Cohen in Financial Report  —  President Trump's financial disclosure, released on Wednesday, revealed for the first time that he paid more than $100,000 to his personal attorney, Michael D. Cohen, as reimbursement for payments to a “third-party.”
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The Daily Beast:   Trump's Businesses Lost Big in 2017, Except His D.C. Hotel
Tarini Parti / BuzzFeed:   Trump Acknowledges Repaying Michael Cohen After Stormy Daniels Payment
Washington Post:
In new financial disclosure, Trump reports apparent payment through his personal attorney to adult-film star
Geoff Earle / Daily Mail:
BREAKING NEWS: Trump DID reimburse Michael Cohen after ‘expenses were incurred’ …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Carolyn Y. Johnson / Washington Post:
Novartis lawyer to retire over $1.2 million contract with Trump attorney Michael Cohen
Discussion: CNN, Forbes and Axios
Associated Press:   Novartis general counsel resigns over deal with Trump lawyer
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Discloses Reimbursement to Michael Cohen Tied to Stormy Daniels Payment
Discussion: Vox
Gardiner Harris / New York Times:
In Rebuke of Trump, Tillerson Says Lies Are a Threat to Democracy  —  WASHINGTON — In what appeared to be a rebuke of President Trump, former Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson warned on Wednesday that American democracy is threatened by a “growing crisis in ethics and integrity.”
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Quint Forgey / Politico:
Tillerson warns of ethical crisis among U.S. leaders in speech
Discussion: ABC News, CNN and Splinter
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Tillerson warns military grads of ‘growing crisis in ethics and integrity’
Discussion: Washington Press, The Week, CNN and IJR
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
Qatari Investor: Michael Cohen Asked Me for a Million Dollars  —  In the blink of a Michael Avenatti tweet, Ahmed al-Rumaihi has suddenly found himself internet-famous.  It began on Sunday evening, when the attorney for adult film star Stormy Daniels posted a screenshot of video footage …
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James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: The far left is winning the Democratic civil war … THE BIG IDEA: Tuesday was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day for Democratic moderates.  —  The success of very liberal candidates in primaries across four states is causing a new bout of heartburn among party strategists …
Jennifer Jacobs / Bloomberg:
Navarro to Be Excluded From China Talks, Officials Say  — China's vice premier arrived in Washington Tuesday for talks  — Trade adviser Peter Navarro took part in recent Beijing visit  —  White House trade adviser Peter Navarro has been excluded from talks Thursday …
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Peter Navarro explodes at Steven Mnuchin  —  A major rift has opened up between Trump's hardline trade adviser, Peter Navarro, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, according to five sources familiar with their encounters.  —  What we're hearing: On the Trump delegation's trip …
NewsBusters:
Porn Star Lawyer Interviewed 147 Times in 10 Weeks  —  In the past ten weeks, lawyer Michael Avenatti, who is representing porn star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuits against President Trump, has been interviewed a staggering 147 times on broadcast and cable news shows.
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Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Michael Avenatti being investigated by California State Bar
Annie Linskey / BostonGlobe.com:
Putting ‘White House’ on the resume is less of a boost  —  WASHINGTON — Listing a White House gig on your resume used to be considered a sparkling credential, reflecting a stint at the apex of the country's political power.  —  But as with so many other things about Donald Trump's …
Discussion: IJR and Political Wire
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Politico:
Pruitt taps outside attorney for help amid investigations
Discussion: Washington Post, Axios and Splinter
Aiden Pink / The Forward:
EXCLUSIVE: Democratic Rising Star In Swing District Gave $300K To Pro-BDS Groups  —  The foundation run by the newly minted Democratic candidate for Congress in one of the most heavily Jewish congressional districts in the country has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to organizations …
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Nathaniel Rakich / FiveThirtyEight:
The #Resistance Had A Very Good Night  —  The Democratic Party woke …
Jason Schwartz / Politico:
Sinclair circling Sean Hannity  —  The Fox News rival is courting the host's top producer, along with another of Hannity's close friends.  —  Sinclair Broadcasting is zeroing in on Sean Hannity's team.  —  As its executive chairman David Smith prepares to launch a competitor to Fox News …
USA Today:
Who is drinking the most?  The drunkest (and driest) cities in America  —  A new study reveals that alcohol may change the microbial makeup of our mouths.  Tony Spitz has the details.  Buzz60  —  Though alcohol is enjoyed responsibly by millions of Americans every day …
Discussion: smokeroom.com
Kathleen A. Schultz / SaukValley.com:
Dixon High School shooting: Former student shot, wounded after bringing gun  —  DIXON - A 19-year-old former Dixon High student is in custody with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the shoulder after bringing a gun to the school this morning.  —  The man shot at school resource officer Mark Dallas …
TIME:
President Trump 'Doesn't Think He Needs' to Prepare Much for His Meeting With North Korea's Kim Jong Un  —  With just one month until a scheduled sit-down with North Korea's leader, President Donald Trump hasn't set aside much time to prepare for meeting with Kim Jong Un, a stark contrast to the approach of past presidents.
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Why Trump's Assault on Democracy Doesn't Bother the Radical Left  —  The rise of Donald Trump has galvanized what could be called a democracy movement in the United States.  Drawing on the findings of political scientists who have studied democratic governments, and how they can collapse …
Joshua Davidovich / Associated Press:
Sderot homes hit with heavy machine gun fire from Gaza, army says  —  No injuries after gunmen in Strip target military aircraft and hit homes in city with errant rounds; IDF shells Hamas post in Gaza  —  The Times of Israel is liveblogging Wednesday's events as they unfold.
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Melanie Zanona / The Hill:
Leaders warn Republicans against forcing immigration vote  —  Republican leaders warned rank-and-file members Wednesday not to move ahead with a discharge petition to force an immigration vote, saying the effort would effectively hand over power to the Democrats, according to lawmakers who attended the closed-door meeting.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Political Wire
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Politico:
Republicans wrangle over DACA in tense private meeting
Discussion: Shareblue Media and Refinery29
Daily Mail:
'World's oldest woman', 128, says she's been miserable every day of her life and her long life is a punishment from God  —  A Russian woman is claiming to be the oldest person in the world, but says her upcoming 129th birthday is nothing but ‘punishment’.  —  Koku Istambulova, from Chechnya …
Discussion: Daily Wire and Jezebel
 
 
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